“To define is to stagnate. So I probably would say I don’t define myself”, says Zanillya
. She may avoid defining herself, but her music does it for her. After an arduous journey through her inner self, which has taken her from the island of Aruba in the Caribbean to long hours in the studio with her long-time collaborator Capadose, the singer and songwriter – and now, also producer of her own sound – is about to release her first EP, which blends her very diverse influences, roots and interests: dancehall, hip-hop, R&B, and soul. The most important element, though, as she puts it, is emotion. So a few months before the release, we speak to the Dutch artist and daughter of Bobby Farrell (frontman of Boney M.) about music running through her veins, mental health, and the power of sound.